Friday, December 16, 2011

Three More Amazing Young Women Choose Life!!!

The mission of Mercy Ministries is to provide a way for hurting young women to not only choose life for themselves, but to choose life for their children as well. Whether they are already moms, facing an unplanned pregnancy or have dreams of having a family in the future, the amazing young women at Mercy will have a positive impact on generations to come. Three more incredible young women recently graduated from the Nashville home and look forward to taking the hope they now have out into the world. Here are their powerful stories of healing and transformation:

Jiselle

Nancy with Jiselle
I grew up in a Christian family, but during my teenage years, several people that I cared about died and I became angry with God. I began self-harming at age 14 to cope with my pain. I was also sexually abused during that time and began to struggle with anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. At the age of 17, I ended up in jail as a result of problems with addiction and rebellion. I then also learned that I was pregnant. My mom told me about Mercy, and I decided to apply because I realized how incapable I was of loving my son and caring for him if I wasn't even able to care for myself. When I arrived, I was extremely motivated and ready for a huge transformation in my life.

While at Mercy, God completely opened my eyes to His provision in my life. He has brought tremendous change in my heart and I now desire to live completely for Him. The work done at Mercy is incredible, and I could never fully express the depth of my gratitude.

After graduation, I plan to parent my son and graduate from high school. I then plan to go to college to become an RN.

Chelsey

Nancy with Chelsey
I grew up in a Christian home, but my dad wasn't a part of my life. As a result of his absence, I believed that performance could earn me the love I so desperately desired. I developed anorexia by the time I was 11, and by age 15, I weighed only 60-65 pounds and was deeply depressed. I began self-harming to cope with my pain. Severe malnutrition caused me to suffer from intense headaches that would last for the majority of the day and render me unable to concentrate on my schoolwork. Though I had always been at the top of my class, I fell very far behind and felt deep shame and embarrassment. By 17, I was so depressed that I began seriously considering suicide. I also began abusing prescription pills in an attempt to escape the emotional pain of daily life. While looking for help, I discovered Mercy online and decided to apply.

When I came to Mercy, I thought I “had the God part down,” and I would only need to work on the emotional problems I had. It didn’t take long for me to find out that those were merely symptoms of my real problem - I needed God. As I spent significant time with God and grew closer to Him, the things I once learned in Sunday school finally became real to me. God loves me!

After graduating from Mercy, I plan to finish high school and go to college. I want to major in psychology and become a child psychologist. I am so thankful for Nancy, Mercy Ministries and all the donors. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to Mercy and let God restore my hope and completely transform my life!

Kayla

Nancy with Kayla
I grew up in a single parent home until the age of 10 when my mom got married and we moved to another state. Then starting in the fifth grade, I began getting attention from boys. I lost my virginity at 14 and began having sex with many guys on a regular basis. I got into some relationships that were unhealthy, controlling and manipulative. I struggled with deep depression and sometimes used self-harm to cope with my pain. I heard about Mercy from my mom and when I found out that it was free of charge, I decided to apply.

While at Mercy, I learned who I am in Christ and that God’s love for me is unconditional. I was completely set free from self-harm, depression and sexual addiction. I now see myself as beautiful and pure.

After graduation, I plan to go to college and get a master’s degree in business and a minor in psychology. I would also like to mentor young girls going through the same things that I have gone through and overcome.

Congratulations Chelsey, Kayla and Jiselle. We are so proud of the wisdom you have shown as you have fought for your freedom, and we look forward to seeing all that God has in store for you!